Public health issues addressed by nutrition promotion efforts include both disease prevention and vitamin supplementation.
Children in the population are susceptible to worms, a major risk factor for anemia and malnutrition. Clinics provide preventive deworming medicine every six months to every child aged 0-12 years, the most vulnerable segment of the population.
Children aged six months to five years also receive a biannual Vitamin A supplement to prevent Vitamin A deficiency, a major risk factor for blindness, diarrhea, measles, and pneumonia in children. This simple intervention promotes health and reduces incidence of potentially fatal diseases.
- Currently the Vitamin A Supplementation and Deworming program (ADWP) is administered by twenty mobile health clinics with a target population of 66,026 that includes about 30,000 children age 0 to 12.
- In addition, the program works with 279 schools in the clinic areas to reach children age 5-12.
- The program has distributed Vitamin A and deworming medicine at six 6-month intervals.
- KDHW has trained 58 additional people in vitamin A/deworming distribution, including seven school teachers.